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  1. I'm lucky enough to have a couple of 'luxury' watches that I bought with part of an inheritance, I wear both regularly and gain a lot of satisfaction from appreciating their craftsmanship and complexity. The majority of my collection is sub £500 pieces with many being in the £100-200 range and I've had to save for those and take advantage of sales and codes to afford them. I also enjoy wearing these a lot - I'm currently wearing an Eterna I bought for a very steep discount from 'drop' when they stocked watches. Most numerous brand I own is 'steeldive' which I feel are immense bang for the buck. I try not to buy a watch that doesn't 'speak' to me in some way and which I therefore am likely to find satisfying to wear. The 2 I had the most 'problems' with were a spinnaker hull cali dial which I tried on a multitude of straps before bonding with and a steeldive submariner homage which I bought to see if it would change my mind about Rolex and submariners, it didn't, I find a bit generic and 'meh' but is useful for when I'm doing DIY or anything that may cause damage to a watch so it's kind of satisfying in a 'beater' kind of way. The dark side of my collection is a number of quartz watches, I tend to find the the closest to being 'unsatisfying to wear' not because of any snobbery (i think) but because i find the idea of springs and cogs doing their thing more satisfying that I do batteries and quartz. I can appreciate their advantages over a mechanical watch but they don't really mean a lot as I don't do extreme sports or time races etc.
  2. My Ulysse Nardin is currently out of commission and needs a service I miss it deeply but Xmas and a new job in january with an out of kilter pay day has me saving all my pennies for things my wife tells me are more important than 'a damn watch' like 'the mortgage' and 'food'. What does she know eh? Once the pay is back in sync with the bills it'll be straight off to be sorted out.
  3. I loved my apple watch but once I started down the dark path of WISery it got left to one side, relegated to an alarm clock until even that was taken from it by alexa. Eventually sold it to someone wishing to try the smartwatch phenomenon for a reasonable price so it owed me nothing. I now have a huawei or some such smart band that does everything I wanted of the apple watch for £20. I bought it for the gym but lockdowns put paid to that and I've lost the charger for it but don;t really miss it so I doubt I'll actually replace it.
  4. Office or Travellers? Office is where the 24 hour hand can be jumped in 1 hour increments without hacking the movement. This allows you to track a far timezone and is useful when in an office setting where a cutomer or other office is abroad. Most GMT watches in your price range are office GMT's Travellers GMT's allow the 12 hour hand to be jumped in 1 hour increments without hacking the movement or effecting the 24 hour hand. This allows you to land at your destination with the 12 and 24 hour hands synchronised, then jump the 12 hour hand to the new 'local' time and still know the time 'back home'. These are rarer in your budget with Alpina, Mido, Certina, Seiko and a few others maybe meeting some (if not all) of your requirements - my goto recommendation of the Mido Ocean Star GMT in this category is out due to it being 44m. The difference is subtle but horologically important. I'll also throw in a curve ball or the Ball WorldTime. If you're lucky and haggle these are available at or close to your budget and show all the timezones at once.
  5. Out of budget but always worth a mention is Harold Pinchbeck, they do some lovely (if expensive) watches that I'd certainly love to own once my Ulysse Nardin obsession was sated (will never happen barring a massive lotto win). https://www.haroldpinchbeck.co.uk/ Movements are a bit pedestrian (ETA / Unitas) but the rest of the watch seems to be UK made - I rather like the 'Orpheus' it has a whiff of Daniels or R.W.Smith about the design.
  6. I'm with CB200 Ulysse Nardin. For one their design language is evolving so you 2 or 3 types of look to their watches and for two they have some of the most utterly bonkers watches on the planet if you have the bank account to afford them. My second choice would be Breitling for similar reasons - their design language is also evolving giving you the choice of modern classic look or the 2000's chunky stuff. I quite like both so...
  7. Heuer - Monaco - Steve McQueen - Le Mans Carl F. Bucherer - Manero - Keanu Reeves - John Wick. Breitling - Navitimer - ??? - Thunderball Breitling - Top Time - Sean Connery - Dr No? Panerai - Many - Stallone, Statham, Clive Owen, The Rock - most 'meathead' action flicks feature a panerai somewhere.
  8. I don't own any outrageously expensive watches 3.5k outlay is my ceiling at present but being in the OP's ballpark I thought I'd comment. This is what insurance is for. I use M&S insurance and for the princely sum of less than £45 a month I get buildings and contents with the relevant bits being: and This means I'm not *that* bothered wearing my Breitling or Ulysse Nardin and wandering into a dodgy area or giving it a knock. Yes I'd be utterly gutted by the total loss of either of these but they are only 'things' - even if the Breitling would cut deep as I bought it to remember my mum as she was herself a bit of a closet watch lover. The rest of my watches are of the under a grand variety with the majority being Chinese homages from Steeldive which I think are insane VFM if you like the styling and would urge you look into if you like that kind of thing. On the 'under a grand or there abouts nice watch' front I'd urge you to look at Longines and Eterna - massively underrated watches with insane historical cachet now fallen on 'hard times' the Conquest and Heritage Diver from Longines are great and the Super Kontiki from Eterna is fantastic. They positively scream 'knows his onions' horologically but fly under most naer'do'wells radar. Good luck with the collection though, whatever makes you happy is the most important thing.
  9. There's a discussion about the shop issues over on TZ-UK but the gist of it is: Eddie works out of his house and employs his nephew to help with packing and posting. Due to space restrictions this allows him to QC and send a fixed number of watches per week. The shop he uses only allows funds to be held for a week before being refunded and funds cannot be paid until shipment. This severely limits how many watches can be sent per week even if more are in stock. I believe his previous store setup allowed funds to be held for 30 days but this still doesn't help with things when demand is high and people were antsy about funds being held for that long with no product sent hence the switch to a 7 day shop. The current discussion is for other sub vendors to be set up to help out but ultimately this is down to Eddie and from what little I know of him this is probably not his style. As for the big hand / little hand. Most serious divers have some way of emphasising the minute hand as this is the 'important one' on a dive, look at the Omega Ploprof for example. The dreadnaught itself is quite a historical piece as it pretty much started the whole microbrand thing back in the 90's. I'm lucky enough to own a 40mm smiths Everest which is a great watch and Id encourage anyone who is taken by one of eddies pieces to persevere with the shop setup, they are certainly worth it. Eddie sometimes does not have the best customer interactions but I have never had any issue in my communication with him. He does not seem to suffer fools gladly which may not be the best thing when customer facing.
  10. Personally I don;t buy into the 'manufacture is better' hype. If a manufacturer wants to build their own movement to fulfill a particular need be it economical, functional or just showing off then great, but it does have drawbacks for the end user, for example, initial release issues (tudor gmt date, etc), possible increased service costs or restricted service providers, etc. I have no issue with a reliable, durable, ETA, Selita or Seiko movement being used in any watch. Just remember the lowliest automatic Seiko has a 100% in house manufacture movement in it.
  11. Hey, Panerai learned from the best by reselling Rolex back in the day. If ever there was a company that was a shining beacon for 'lying by omission' to get ahead then the charity watch brand is it.
  12. We have a monstrosity I had to card back down cheddar gorge 'cos the Mrs decided it was just the job but is in reality wank. and an Alexa Clock which is the best thing ever for kitchen timers etc.
  13. Don't open that can of worms - let's just say the letter from Rolex's then MD to Smiths apologizing for their lying knee **** advertising and acknowledging Smiths dominance is enough for me. What is also enough for me is that Rolex still try to siphon off some glory from this debacle in their modern day marketing and it's probably the major reason I'll never buy one. As for being a rip off of the explorer? Well technically yes, yes it is however it's a rip off of the elegant gentlemans watch that you could imagine Bond turning into a knuckle duster that you can no longer buy from the original source, not the fat sack of crap made of unobtanium the Explorer has become.
  14. ffffuuuuuuuuuu.*&*&*&^*&*&KKKKKKKK. Just cashed in the brownie points with the wife and bought a new steeldive, which I don;t regret but damn I want one of these now. That 'coral blue' is calling my name.... think..think..think.... I'll probably wait until the UK distributor has them in. then order it so it arrives when she's at work... G*D DAMMNIT
  15. Then there's the smiths logo which is just filth...
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